There is a strong influence on one’s self, of identity – is it Country or Culture? Is it the place in which you were lived in? Or is it the people that make you feel as if you fit in? Belonging cannot be understood until one understands themselves… Belonging is explored in the novel Swallow the air, my related text Migrant Hostel and my narrative. Some of the key concepts that relate to belonging, in all of my texts include: Diversity, culture and identity.
My Prescribed text, The Narrative Swallow the Air is written in an Aboriginal perspective, with May the central Protagonist Narrating the Novel through the use of emotional language and her knowledge of her Aboriginal Heritage. In swallow the air May and Billy’s mum dies and as the result of this she sets of on a journey to find answers about her family heritage and aboriginal identity “your mum – she gone. She gone away for a long time, kids. Me sista, she had to leave us”, this quote explains that their mum is now set free and also shows that she has let go and is now dead.
May’s Brother Billy, on the other hand after his mum dies decides to go and try to have fun where he smokes and is being destructive with his life. May travels around Australia searching for answers and it wasn’t the places she went to find answers it was the people she met along the way, these people help to try and teach her what it really is to belong and to help her and Billy grow up now that there mother is not there for them and May’s father was never there for her or Billy.
May learns from experiences of herself and of her brother, she also learnt from the stories that her mum told her when she was a child. May was raped by a stranger in the narrative showing that aboriginal children weren’t protected and were treated as if they were slaves like they were treated like outsiders, just like the Migrants felt like in my related text which is explained later in the speech, also this is experienced by the